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Santiago de Chile - a cool city!

Hidden art, the nicest people!

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Santiago de Chile

Santiago was somehow unexpectedly cool! The picture you get when you read on guidebooks is that Santiago is dull and lacks personality. However, I got almost delighted with what Santiago has to offer... art, cultural heritage, cool neighbourhoods and, above all, the people. Unlike Argentina, people are more modest and welcoming. They like to talk and learn about you...what you do, why you are travelling, what brings you here...they are indiscribably nice!
We took an overnight bus from Pucón to Santiago and got there on Monday very early in the morning...we had already booked a hostel, called Eco Hostel. Again I was expecting all the fuss of what Eco might involve...and again I was wrong! the staff were very nice and helpful!
That first day we went to have lunch first. A set lunch for 2.000 pesos, like 3 euros! and nice!
Then we went into town and...man! the smog does affect you! well I am maybe very sensitive but I almost got sick, and my eyes hurt so much from the pollution...it was crazy but it is only a matter of getting used to it...or, well, I guess so!
Anyways, Henrik almost dragged me to Mercado Central, where I got even sicker and we had to leave to a more quite area...where, at least, the air felt cleaner!

We had dinner in a Sushi restaurant and drank Pisco Sour as part of the set menu. We had already tried pisco in Perú and did not like it so much. But we decide to give it a chance again....and they were good! We had not really been drinking so we ended up getting very drunk on just two drinks...or I had to stop after 1 1/2 and Henrik had the rest! We managed to finish the meal. When we got back the the hostel there was a small party in the garden, so we stayed up drinking and talking to people until late. Met some really nice people and heard some great travel stories.

The second day we had lunch in the market.its really hysterical, everyone screaming and pulling you to get you to eat in their restuarant. In the end the food was nothing special...Henrik decided not to finish his Paila (fish soup), unsure of what was really inside...those fish bones floating on the soup did not look so great...anyways, we decided to cross to the other market, which is just across the bridge. It is rather more local, cheaper and my fruit heaven! we had the best strawberries (frutilla) I have ever tried in my life...that helped Henrik to get rid of that doughly flavoured soup he had hahaha

Eating at Mercado Central- a total experience...

Eating at Mercado Central- a total experience...


We went to Bellavista...this "barrio" is very cool and trendy...

more art street and Enrique!

more art street and Enrique!


¿? we don not have an explanation for that...

¿? we don not have an explanation for that...

coolest black and white graffitti

coolest black and white graffitti

They could almost become real!

They could almost become real!

Vegas Market, across the river, more local, a fruit heaven!

Vegas Market, across the river, more local, a fruit heaven!


Whiskas om katten sjalv far valja!

Whiskas om katten sjalv far valja!


Esto se llama...not sure: fried bread with spices and some spicy sauce and mustard...

Esto se llama...not sure: fried bread with spices and some spicy sauce and mustard...


Still people have feet on earth and are lovely. We went to a nice coffe place...where I could not help and had to buy a book from Pablo Neruda, the most international chilean poet and a reference inside the poetry. I sat and read "Oda al Camino"... I will post it later on along with the spanish publishing...it is just impressive!

Henrik leaning...before he monks up the situation!

Henrik leaning...before he monks up the situation!


Downtown Mall with only hairdressers on 6 floors, must have been like 300 of them

Downtown Mall with only hairdressers on 6 floors, must have been like 300 of them

taken care by gods

taken care by gods

In a park in Santiago

In a park in Santiago

Posted by hmontonen 07:59 Archived in Chile

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